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Can You Take It Tunku Varadarajan?

Tunku Varadarajan, Editor-Newsweek International, speaks to Madhu Trehan on the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger, sloppiness in Indian journalism, being accused of racism, Going Muslim, US’ admirable restraint after 9/11, the Hindu Taliban, Modi, Manmohan Singh and more…

Tunku Varadarajan, Editor-Newsweek International, speaks to Madhu Trehan on the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger, sloppiness in Indian journalism, being accused of racism, Going Muslim, US’ admirable restraint after 9/11, the Hindu Taliban, Modi, Manmohan Singh and more…

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  • Smita

    Must he talk about things he does not know? Are journalists compelled to have an opinion on everything? He says Bush is right, but Hindus who react are wrong. Makes no sense to me, this double standard. MMS is nice, his over-niceness got the country where it is. Nobody should be overnice, not even Hindus. The self preservation instinct must kick in at the right time. I suggest that both the interviewer and the interviewee check out this site: http://www.newageislam.com. The site is well intentioned, run by a harmony-seeking man. But the news collations it does daily on events around the muslim world, taken together, create a chilling scenario. As do the comments on articles. I would recommend that Ms Trehan invite Sultan Shahin, the promoter of this site, for a tete-a-tete.

  • rati

    My take on the Interview.. Item No.!
    http://ratiparker.blogspot.com/2012/07/item-number.html

    • RkJordon

      Great Dissection… :D

      Soon it is possible that Congress Led Secular UPA govt will held modi in nappy responsible for 1947 and other nuances happened in iNDIA…. :D

  • Mr India

    1. Madhu Trehan has absolutely no clue about either Hindutva or the ideology professed by the RSS and the BJP. Also, Madhu needs to cool down her rabid obsession with Modi, and her frustrated anger at the millions of Indians (especially those of us on Twitter) who are not as blinkered and/or intellectually-challenged as herself or some of our other pseudo-secular pseudo-liberal pseudo-intellectual “journalists” (aka Congress-paid hacks). And yes, Tunku definitely needs to stop giving judgements on issues and facts he has absolutely no knowledge of. It’s not like Gujarat 2002 were the only communal riots that ever happened in post-independence (or even pre-independence) India. Who was responsible for the other 99.9% of communal riots in India? The same party that has “appropriated” this “religion” and all its “symbols” and “animals” and “colours” and “flowers”? And for the last time, anybody who calls Gujarat 2002 a “pogrom” or a “genocide” or an “ethnic cleansing” seriously needs to stop reading/watching (Congress-controlled) Indian mainstream media and introduce himself to some FACTS instead. (LOL, and this is the guy who was going on and on about “fact-checking”.)

    2. What animal, colour or flower has anybody appropriated?! The cow has been sacred to Indians for millennia, and a “cow protection sangh” was one of the 5 sanghs into which Mahatma Gandhi himself wanted to break the Indian National Congress into, after disbanding it post-independence as mentioned in the last constitutional resolution he was drafting for the Congress, that later came to be called his “last will and testament”. Sometimes I wonder if these pseudo-liberal pseudo-secularists Gandhi-worshippers have even done so much as to read Gandhi’s works — I bet, if Madhu Trehan and Sagarika Ghose even *read* Gandhi’s works, they would lose no time in branding him a “non-secular” “communal” “Internet Hindu” “Modi supporter”, LOL. Anyway, so if the BJP is the only party that is still following Gandhi’s philosophies w.r.t. the protection of the cow, is that the fault of the BJP?! Similarly, only the BJP is willing to be associated with the lotus and the saffron colour because it is the only party that seeks to remain close to India’s civilizational ethos and not sell out for western-imported symbols. So if the BJP is the only nationalistic party that seeks to protect (and ensure continuing flourishing of) Indian cultural heritage, is that the fault of the BJP?!

    3. In fact, Madhu Trehan asked the exactly opposite question to the one she *should* have asked. No, the RSS and the BJP have NOT appropriated Hindutva or the symbols and names of India’s Dharmic philosophies. It is in fact the Congress and other pseudo-secular political parties that have misappropriated the word “secularism” all for themselves, even while conveniently dressing up the worst kind of communalism as “secularism”, and labelling anybody (read: the BJP) whom they want to keep out of power as “communal” and “non-secular” for the sake of continuing electoral votes and political power.

    But then, in the completely-removed-from-reality-on-the-ground-in-India world of Delhi’s pseudo-intellectual pseudo-liberal circles, I guess Madhu Trehan finds it necessary to flaunt her “secular” credentials … and as we all know, there is only one way to do that — by bashing the scapegoat for everybody’s inner-racist-guilt-complex, Narendra Modi.

    • Mr India

      Oh, and by the way, Madhu Trehan is factually wrong (or blatantly lying) where she says that “things are messy” and “Modi has been indicted by some commissions and enquiries”. Modi has been *exonerated* by every single enquiry and investigation into the post-Godhra riots of 2002. He has been “indicted” by *absolutely* NONE.

      The one-man railway ministry commission to look into the Godhra incident itself (that said the Sabarmati burning was an accident and not a pre-planned action executed by the Muslim mobs of Godhra) was categorically invalidated as null and void and politically-motived by the Supreme Court of India (The Hon’ble court noted that Laloo Prasad Yadav, then UPA railway minister, was facing elections in Bihar a few months later and naturally wanted to bank all the minority … err, sorry, “secular community” votes for himself).

      The SC-appointed SIT team has completely exonerated Modi and categorically stated that not a single case can be made out against him. Almost the entire evidence against Modi has been found to be fake, fraudulent, fabricated or politically-motivated. Congress-paid agents like Teesta Setalvad who run their NGO shops on Congress-donated funds have ZERO credibility (just read her grossly insensitive and violence-condoning statement after 60 pilgrims, including 40 women and children, were burnt alive, in the last paragraph here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A13791-2002Feb27?).

      The Amicus Curae, commenting upon the SIT report, has categorically stated that the credibility of most witnesses like the disgruntled IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt is questionable and his testimony and affidavit (ghost-written by Teesta Setalvad and the Congress) will absolutely *never* stand in court. All he said was that prima facie some charges could be made out, but then stated that *none* of them were really prosecutable and could be made to stick in a court of law.

      I repeat: multiple enquiries and SC-monitored CBI investigations have found Modi to be *completely* innocent, and every time the media says otherwise (and “judges” him to be “guilty” in their own “courts”) they are committing slander and defamation on him.

      • rm623

        Are you having a seizure? Stop hyperventilating man.

  • Mr India

    Brilliant, absolutely BRILLIANT takedown of both Madhu and Tunku.

  • hardcorenews

    is this man for real. He says that if 9/11 had happened in India, it would have seen massive retaliation. We have been victim of several 9/11 till uncle Sam’s country realised that terrorism is not a myth. After each terror attack in india, the country is back on its feet the next day.

  • Sai Deepak B

    A really good interview, especially “the back off Hindu Taliban” part.

    • Sai Deepak B ka baap

      Are you for real? Brain dead comments are part of 18 year old kids now a days. Hindu Taliban? Have you seen this hindu taliban for 5000 years when india was a hindu theocracy? Even under shiva ji who was a strong Hindu theocracy leader and established an empire with help of peshwas, no muslims were butchered at that time. Even in Gujrat there are no violent incidents for 10 years. Your stupidity is par excellence. Don’t show off your nipple sized brain here again. I am not in favour of some hindu nation but I am not in favour of ignoring islamic terrorism and when hindus get killed in that and then say them to be quiet and accept humiliation you little twat.

      • Sai Deepak B

        “Theek Hai” Pitashri.

        • tera baap

          Theek hai bete! jaa lolypop choos khujliwal terrorist ka.

          • Sai Deepak B

            Are bhai, hume raai dene se pehle, apni pehchaan to batao.

            Hume bhi to pata chale ki humare comment pe ye kaunsa chand ka tukda peshaab kar raha hai.

          • Again your daddy

            Meri pehchaan jaan ke kya karoge? Shazia ji ko bhejoge mere paas? meri EID pe shazia ji.. wah wah!

          • Sai Deepak B

            Listen man, I myself have lost neighbours to terrorist attacks, and of them was a newly wed couple. I understand the pain which you do, but you know what, writing abuses on the internet is not going to change shit about this country.

            The first thing to begin with is to accept the fact that the majority of the Muslims of this country are not as good as most of us, and the second fact being that you have got to live with them! And as of now, it is you and me who are having a problem, so it is our job to make sure that they come out of the shit they are in, for which you need to understand them. It is not for no reason that the minorities in this country get wooed so easily by populist leaders, it is because they know they’re in shit and they want to get out of it.

            So, the best way to start understanding why you the Muslims are the way they are, maybe you should go make some Muslim friends and find out, what they really want, not what Sheikhs sitting in RIyadh want, and then, the best way to begin that is to stop trolling on the internet and get in terms with reality.

            Oh boy, I cant believe I replied to an internet troll, maybe I will just copy paste this from the next time..

    • Sai Deepak B ka baap

      Don’t really give us that sanctimonious “Holier than thou” shit of AAP or lets say SAANP. Where was AAP when Bhushan was advocating separation of kashmir, meeting with likes of teesta setalvad(proven testimony forgerer), where was Mr. BTEX when Bhushan was crying for Batla house and insulting martyrs who have recieved Ashok Chakra in court and saying “batla encounter has hurt minority sentiments” The fuckk? – this is what the court said – You don’t need to identify terrorists to any community. And letters of Mr. BTEX to Muslim bhaiyo , behno, chachiyo, raat raniyo ,etc.. Ahh the vote bank. Or what happened to that internal lokpal? 1.5 years and that too to investigate 2 -3 people? Wow such efficiency! With people like Land sharks called Damaniya and Sonia G’s Gang members Aruna Roy, Kejriwal is really going ahead on his broom, straight to quiddich hole. One more thing that ford foundation funding that Mr. BTEX party is receiving, do check out how Ford Foundation works in various countries – http://globalresearch.ca/articles/PET209A.html. Little 18 year old kids.

      • Sai Deepak B

        Listen man, I myself have lost neighbours to terrorist attacks, and of them was a newly wed couple. I understand the pain which you do, but you know what, writing abuses on the internet is not going to change shit about this country.

        The first thing to begin with is to accept the fact that the majority of the Muslims of this country are not as good as most of us, and the second fact being that you have got to live with them! And as of now, it is you and me who are having a problem, so it is our job to make sure that they come out of the shit they are in, for which you need to understand them. It is not for no reason that the minorities in this country get wooed so easily by populist leaders, it is because they know they’re in shit and they want to get out of it.

        So, the best way to start understanding why you the Muslims are the way they are, maybe you should go make some Muslim friends and find out, what they really want, not what Sheikhs sitting in RIyadh want, and then, the best way to begin that is to stop trolling on the internet and get in terms with reality.

        Oh boy, I cant believe I replied to an internet troll, maybe I will just copy paste this from the next time.

  • sandip agarwal

    Madhu, we already know your opinion. Let the guest speak.